Top places to visit in Pondicherry
Once you step foot into Pondicherry or Puducherry like it is known also, you'll be left wondering if you're in India or France. A long time ago - the place was colonized by the French but most of that allure still hovers in this union territory located 160 kms south of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The architecture is French, the road signs are in French (along with English and Tamil), you have a lot of people who speak fluent French and most restaurants even serve steak and wine!
Puducherry is quite a quaint little place and you can see everything there is to see here in one day. But if you do have more time to spare, you can just relax, put your feet up, slow down and find meaning and purpose in the simpler and the baser things in life. Everything relaxing you can think of including yoga and meditation to pottery or just sitting by the beach, or just unwinding soaking in the view from your hotel room in Pondicherry - there are a million ways to unwind here.
If you're still not really convinced that you should be visiting Pondicherry soon, here are some reasons that will definitely help you make you change your mind
The Aurobindo ashram was founded by Sri Aurobindo back in 1926, when he decided to withdraw from all public view and continue with his spiritual growth. The ashram is now visited by scores of spiritual seekers from all over India and the world. If inner peace is what you truly want, this is where you should be headed.
Sri Aurobindo's spiritual collaborator, Mirra Alfassa, also known as the Mother, founded Auroville in 1968. Mirra’s dream was to create a town where all people of all nationalities could live in peace and harmony, and true to her ideal, the ashram is an oasis of calm and composed people just living their lives, with a smile always. There are a quite a number of workshops and calming therapies in and around the ashram to help people get over their personal demons and be at peace once again. But don’t worry, you don’t need to be looking for peace when you visit, even for the most casual visitor, Auroville is a uniquely enchanting place.
As you already know, one of the best things about Puduicherry is definitely its beaches. Puducherry has about four main beaches: The Promenade beach, The Paradise beach, The Auroville beach and of course the aptly named Serenity beach. The beaches here are clean and well kept, so do your bit in keeping them as clean when you leave. There truly is nothing quite as refreshing as sitting by a beautiful beach.
The Richmond Puducherry
You will love the Richmond experience. The Residency Hotel prides itself on providing genuinely warm, caring, consistent, cultured hospitality for the evolving guest. From airport pick up to departure and every moment in between, we are proud to deliver an authentic hospitality experience. Our philosophy of hospitality with heart ensures that ‘tradition’ meets ‘tomorrow’ to deliver memorable experiences.
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